Sometimes it’s nice to have a set of cloth napkins. No need to save them for special occasions; they are fun for everyday use. A lightweight cotton fabric works great, and can be quickly cut and hemmed. Make these handmade napkins decorated with heat transfer vinyl.
I used this tutorial, written by Theresa on the Spoonflower blog for tips on sewing the napkins. I really like the way she explains her mitered corner method. It reduces bulk at the corners and provides a nice finished look.
I cut my napkins from 34 inch wide fabric, which enabled me to create 4 from a yard. I cut 4 squares at 17 inches and kept the hems fairly small to give me finished napkins that are about 16 inches square. (Of course, you can simply purchase blank napkins and add the HTV, but making them is more fun!)
Settings on Zing:
- Force – 25
- Speed – 10
- Multicut – 1 or 2
- Cut and sew napkins as described above.
- Import file in cutting software. Don’t forget to mirror design to prepare for HTV application.
- Cut and weed heat transfer vinyl.
- Use iron or heat press to apply heat transfer vinyl to napkin, according to manufacturers instructions.
Enjoy your new napkins or give to a friend!
I wrap some of the items sold at my craft shows and online in tissue paper. Sometimes I tie them up in a ribbon, but stickers would be so much easier. Here are a few print and cut stickers I created with my logo. And…. I made some dog and kitten ones for a special lilttle princess.
Glossy Inkjet Vinyl Sticker Sheets
Red Capped Blade
Zing Orbit Settings
Speed – 15
Pressure – 50 (depending on thickness of your vinyl)
Multi-Cut – off
When choosing an image for your stickers, be sure to use one saved at a high quality (300 dpi). I traced my image in Sure Cuts Alot and then completed a path offset on the cut layer. (For the round stickers, I used path inset so that it cut just inside the printed circle, because I didn’t want the black line to show.
Next, I printed the page of images with the registration marks. I chose glossy photo paper in my printer software and printed at a high quality.
When preparing for scanning the registration marks, it’s important to adhere your vinyl to a sturdy mat such as the one that comes with the Zing Orbit. While this type of mat will keep your project nice and flat, a thinner mat may not be sufficiently flat to allow for a successful scan. (I learned this the hard way.)
Have some fun with this project. There are different sticker paper/vinyl options to try out. While I have used a matte sticker paper in the past, I prefer the glossy vinyl… but that is just my preference. Experiment with the offset and inset options. Try putting a shape around your image like I did with my circle logo stickers. If you need help with any of the print and cut steps, be sure to refer to your software manual. It takes some practice… but it is worth the time spent when you end up with a fun and functional product like print and cut stickers!
I make floating Christmas ornaments to sell in craft shows and through a local shop. To make the inside, I adhere a vinyl design to a piece of acetate (overhead transparency). I decided it would be fun to make a greeting card using the same process. This time though, I used 3 sheets of transparency and placed portions of the design on each. By creating it in this way, it gave it a 3D effect.
- Intermediate Vinyl
- Mylar, acetate, or other transparent plastic sheet
- White Cardstock
- Scrapbook Tape
- 3M (or similar) foam tape
- Red Capped Blade
- Zing Orbit
Machine Settings for Zing Orbit and Scal:
- Cutting Card stock: Pressure – 56, Speed – 12, Multi-Cut – 2
- Cutting Vinyl – Pressure – 50, Speed – 16, Multi-Cut – Off
- Cutting Transparency – I cut this on my original Zing with MTC: Force 120, Speed 11, Multi-cut – 3
- If you want to have something printed on the card, do that first. If you plan to use PNC, make sure to print your registration marks. Of course, it would be fine to simply cut by hand as well.
- Cut the card stock window panes. For this I first cut a 5″ X 7″ rectangle, then 4 smaller rectangles from that.
- Cut 3 pieces of transparency. You’ll need them to be just a little smaller than your card size, but big enough so the edges will be under the window frame. Leave enough room along the edge for scrapbook tape to stick to the edges. (See
- Cut out the vinyl for your design. Decide which portions need to be in the background, and which in the foreground.
- Adhere vinyl to transparencies. Stack them carefully on the card, and on each other, as you build your design so that you are lining things up properly.
- Use small pieces of foam tape between transparencies, hidden under the vinyl, to build up the design and hold it together.
- Stick the double-sided tape to the backside outer edges of the window frame. Carefully adhere to your card, being sure to line up carefully. If you have cut your transparencies small enough, this should hold all pieces together.
I am pretty happy with how this turned out. It might be easier next time to cut the window panes out of the front of the card. This way I could place the transparencies behind the cut-out. I would then need to line the card (or just the back side of the card front) to enclose the layers.
Our little town does not have much to offer visitors. So when I saw that our local fish market had expanded and started selling items highlighting our area, I asked them if they’d like me to make up a few things for them to offer. I had made this file into a shirt for my husband last year using an inkjet transfer. I decided it would do well on a flour sack towel with a few changes. This time I used Heat Transfer Vinyl.
I recently purchased a KNK Zing Orbit and am now using Sure Cuts Alot. Being accustomed to Make The Cut, there has been a small learning curve, but for basic cutting I was able to get right at it with no problems.
- ThermoFlex Plus
- Flour sack Towel (I purchased mine at Walmart)
- Red-Capped Blade
- Iron or Heatpress
Settings on Zing Orbit with SCAL:
- Pressure: 50
- Speed: 15
- Overcut: 1mm
- Multi-cut: Off
- Open or import file in SCAL
- Reverse design
- Cut design and weed
- Set heat press at 335 degrees and press for 17 minutes (for hand iron, refer to manufacturer’s instructions)
- Fold towel in half and crease mid-point using iron or heat press
- Lay towel flat and use crease to place center HTV
- Press vinyl onto towel (Use teflon sheet or towel between iron and vinyl)
- Remove clear backing and repeat
I am having fun getting to know my Zing Orbit. So far, one of my favorite features on the Orbit is the ability to adjust the pinch wheels. The ability to move them close enough to cut small pieces of vinyl without using a mat saves me a lot of time, and I find myself using the feature a lot.
Completed Print and Cut Locket
These little magnetic lockets are so fun and there are so many things you can do with them. I created this Print and Cut Locket using my KNK Zing and an illustration I drew. You could also use a photo, and charms can be inserted as well. I used permanent vinyl to add the word “Michigan” to the exterior glass.
- Magnetic Locket (Can be found at most craft stores)
- High quality paper or printable vinyl
- Make the Cut, or similar software
- Red Capped Blade
- KNK Zing (or other KNK cutter)
- Scrap of vinyl
- Low Adhesive Cutting Mat
Settings for KNK Zing:
- Force – 40
- Multicut – 1 or 2
- Speed – 10
- Trace your design.
- Draw a Circle and place it on the layer below your design. Make the circle the exact size you need to fit inside the locket.
- Size the design so that the portion you want to show fits within the circle.
- Marquee select the two and join (ctrl j).
- Keep selected and break apart (ctrl b).
- Drag the original design away and delete, or move to another layer and turn off/lock.
- Duplicate if you want the same design on the front and back sides of the locket.
- Print out your design for a print and cut. Make sure you print the registration marks. ( I used paper for mine, but a printable vinyl would work better if you want to be able to put items in the locket without scratching the design.)
- Now you are ready to complete your print and cut. Adhere to a not-too-sticky mat and complete the cut.
- Carefully remove the cut circles from the mat and gently push into locket.
- If desired, cut text for outside of locket.
Here is the other side of the locket. I actually prefer the side without the gems, but perhaps I’ll turn it if I want to wear it with a dressy outfit sometime.